La Casa Student Housing Scholarship
While it is understood that students and families have the primary responsibility of paying for higher education, sometimes a family's resources are not enough to pay all college expenses. The La Casa Student Housing Scholarship provides funds to Illinois students who (1) live at La Casa Student Housing; (2) have graduated from an Illinois high school within the last 6 years; (3) be enrolled full-time each term at a degree granting college or university in Illinois that is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (students attending proprietary institutions, as categorized by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, are ineligible to receive La Casa scholarship funds); and (4) demonstrate financial need, based on careful review of the information provided on:
- a complete La Casa Student Housing Application;
- proof of household size and income;
- a copy of the financial aid award letter provided by the college that you plan to attend; and
- proof of satisfactory academic progress.
Funds are limited. All recipients of La Casa Student Housing Scholarship (AY 2015-2016) are required to sign a La Casa Living-Learning Agreement and to complete 20 hours of volunteer service per academic term or 40 hours over the course of the academic year.
La Casa Student Housing Scholarship awards can be applied only toward monthly payment of rent at La Casa Student Housing. All scholarship awards will be paid directly to the student’s rent account, which is managed by the Office of Property Management at The Resurrection Project.
Currently, four scholarship award levels exist and are subject to annual funding. Annual award amounts are determined by an analysis of a family’s financial circumstances, household size, and other information provided by each student applicant. A student does not fulfill the full-length of the agreed upon leasing period, fails to submit an official college transcript at the beginning of each term, or fails to complete 20 hours of volunteer service per academic term forfeits any balance on the La Casa Student Housing Scholarship.
Range of annual award amounts for eligible students during the 2015-2016 academic year:
- Level 1: up to $450
- Level 2: up to $1,350
- Level 3: up to $2,250
- Level 4: up to $2,880
NOTE: Scholarship levels and number of awards are subject to availability of funds.
La Casa Student Housing scholarships are possible through the generous sponsorship of individuals who want to support your efforts to complete your first bachelor level degree. Funds are limited.
To be eligible for a La Casa Student Housing Scholarship, a student must:
- meet all eligibility criteria to live at La Casa Student Housing;
- have graduated from an Illinois high school within the last 6 years;
- be an Illinois resident (if the student is considered a "dependent" for the college’s financial aid process, the parent whose information is used must be an Illinois resident);
- be enrolled full-time each term at a degree granting college or university in Illinois that is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (students attending proprietary institutions, as categorized by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, are ineligible to receive La Casa scholarship funds);
- demonstrate financial need;
- maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the college;
- complete 20 hours of volunteer service per academic term; or 40 hours of volunteer service over the course of the academic year; and
- submit an official college transcript at the beginning of each term.
It is important for you to know the following:
- Proof of College Enrollment: Students who receive a La Casa Student Housing Scholarship will be required ongoing full-time enrollment at a degree-granting, accredited college or university in Illinois. Enrollment verification is required each school term to prove student enrollment status and academic progress.
To apply for a housing scholarship, students must complete a La Casa Student Housing Application and submit it with all required signatures and supporting documents:
- Submit a complete application with all required signatures.
- Submit proof of income. Students that earn income must attach copies of tax forms or proof of income for the most recent 3 months. In the case of students who are under the age of 18 or are considered “dependent” for college financial aid purposes, attach 2014 tax forms for parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
- Submit a copy of the financial aid award letter from the college that you plan to attend. A student that wishes to be considered for a La Casa Student Housing Scholarship and/or plans to use financial aid programs to pay for La Casa Student Housing must attach a copy of the college financial aid award letter for the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Submit an official transcript to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress and college enrollment. As proof, college students must submit an official college transcript; graduating high school seniors must submit a letter of college admission and an official high school transcript.
Eligibility and announcement of an award amount (if any), is performed at the time that a complete La Casa Student Housing Application (with all required signatures) and supporting documentation is processed by La Casa staff. Only if you are eligible will a La Casa Student Housing Scholarship amount appear on the La Casa invitation to sign a lease.
La Casa Student Housing Scholarship funds are awarded on the basis of a student’s demonstrated financial need. Scholarship funds are credited to a student’s rental account in equal monthly installments over the course of a nine- or twelve-month housing contract. Please note that if a student does not fulfill the full-length of the agreed upon leasing period, fails to submit an official college transcript at the beginning of each term, or fails to complete 20 hours of volunteer service per academic term, any remaining balance on the La Casa Student Housing Scholarship award is forfeited.
The La Casa Scholarship Program requires fulfillment of a service commitment from all scholarship recipients. Each scholarship recipient is required to complete at least:
- 20 hours of volunteer service per academic term; or
- 40 hours of volunteer service over the course of the academic year.
The number of service hours is determined based on the term length of the La Casa Housing Agreement.
Benefits of Community Service
By adding this new requirement, La Casa Student Housing (an initiative of The Resurrection Project) hopes to help foster within its scholarship recipients a lasting dedication to social responsibility and citizenship. Students will not only have the opportunity to give back to others, but also to learn new skills while continuing to build upon existing ones. Through volunteering, students will be exposed to new perspectives and different ways of thinking about issues within the community.
Fulfilling the Service Requirement
The 40 hour service requirement can be met through any means the student chooses, but it must be through an official student or community organization. Students may also choose to volunteer in their hometown during one of the University's academic breaks.
- Service hours associated with course credit or compensation (monetary or in the form of gift cards) cannot be counted toward the La Casa Scholarship service requirement.
- Research assistantships, internships, lab work, and any other professional experiences (paid or unpaid) cannot be applied to the service requirement.
- Work done to promote a specific political candidate, official, or party is not accepted.
Staff at La Casa Student Housing reserves the right to evaluate the legitimacy of service work on a case by case basis. Students will receive a Violation Notice if any or all of their service hours do not meet the necessary requirements.
There are three different classifications of volunteering to consider when deciding how to utilize the time:
1. Direct Service: working directly with community members or those being served.
- Mentoring children within the community
- Assisting the elderly
- Volunteering at shelters for the homeless
- Visiting hospitals
- Helping out at community centers
2. Indirect Service: working on a project which impacts the community in an ancillary way.
- Volunteering for disaster relief or clean-up
- Assisting with environmentally focused projects
- Participating in urban renewal projects (community painting, building, etc.)
- Helping with UM student organization fundraising
- Organizing a community food drive
3. Advocacy Service: working for the alleviation of a community issue (homelessness, nonviolence, etc.)
- Conducting information campaigns
- Helping with voter registration drives
- Lobbying or speaking on behalf of a community issue
Take a moment and consider your own personal skill set. Think of ways you could best utilize your own strengths to benefit the surrounding community. Once you have declared your major, consider ways of using the service requirement to gain experience in the field by volunteering for groups involved in your area of study. Or, take it as a chance to become involved in an organization or cause you might not have otherwise considered.
Service Requirement Waiver
Students who are unable to complete the scholarship service requirement during a term or academic year due to unforeseen circumstances can apply for a waiver. Examples may include unexpected personal or family emergencies, or personal medical reasons.
To request an appeal please contact:
Director of La Casa Student Housing & Resource Center
Logging Your Service Hours
Students, unless otherwise instructed, will have from August until June (10 months) to fulfill their 20 service hours per academic term or the equivalent of 40 service hours for each academic year of scholarship. Students will log their volunteer hours via the “La Casa Scholarship Service Hours Form.” The link to the form will be emailed to students at the beginning of the fall semester (in September), the beginning of the winter semester (in January), and in the beginning of the spring semester (in May). It will also be available as a QUICK LINK on the La Casa Bulletin.
Students are expected to submit one “La Casa Scholarship Service Hours Form” per organization with which they volunteer. All hours must be submitted by the deadlines communicated to students.
Community Volunteering Opportunities
Contact Maria Bucio, Director of La Casa at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 880-1889 for assistance and questions regarding the La Casa Scholarship Service Commitment.
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Director of La Casa Student Housing
The Resurrection Project